Is it nerdy to gush about FMQ goddess Angela Walters and how awesome she is? Her book, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, was the source of inspiration for the quilting on my Giant Vintage Modern Churndash Quilt.
Angela's philosophy struck well with me -- it seemed to be that you should go with the organic rhythm of the quilting and not stress so much about reaching perfection. Despite repeating that mantra to myself, I did experience moments when I despaired that I could ever make a circle -- it's actually kinda tough to make a round circle.
At times, my circles/swirls felt more like squares with rounded corners.
Nevertheless, Angela was right. At the end of the day, after I trimmed the excess backing and batting, I was immensely pleased with how this quilt turned out.
All this quilt needs now is the binding. I was thinking that I would send it to my cousin who lives in Berlin, as a thank you gift for hosting us this summer. I have to admit, however, that I'm so loving this top right now that it might be difficult to part with it.
I will post the finished quilt with binding later this week, hopefully. I chose a cream and red striped binding WITH POLKA DOTS. How awesome is that, stripes and polka dots in one print? Pure genius, I think.
The next piece of news I have is that I finally joined a sewing bee, called the Stash Bee! This is my first foray into any type of sewing bee. This one happens to be virtual and seems to be relatively low key. Each person is assigned a month where they are "Queen Bee." The Queen Bee posts a tutorial of a block she wants the rest of the hive (20 participants in each hive) to make for her, using personal stash fabric.
This block is for Anneliese, who lives in Galway, Ireland. You can find her tutorial for this block called "converging corners" here. The fabric is from a collection called "Just Wing It," by MoMa for Moda Fabrics. Although the block looks relatively simple, it can be a little tricky. I wasted some fabric and did some ripping until I finally figured out the dimensions.
Finally, here is my latest crush. This is Chicopee, by Denyse Schmidt. I love the mixture of modern and retro that is evoked by the prints and colors in this collection. You can get the entire collection (26 prints, 2 colorways) here.
I'm linking up to these blogs today! Have fun sewing, everyone!